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. that was the warning today from president obama in a strongly worded statement to the syrian president bashar assad. of course the syrian regime has battled antigovernment rebels for nearly two years. activists say more than 40,000 people have died during the fighting. but there is word the conflict could soon take a much darker turn. listen to this. u.s. intelligence officials now claim that in just the last few days they have detected the syrian military moving some of its chemical weapon components. syria does have stockpiles of such weapons. our president warned there will be a serious price to pay if those weapons turn up on a battlefield. >> i want to make it absolutely clear to assad and those under his command the world is watching the use of chemical weapons is and would be totally unacceptable. if you make the tragic mistake of using these weapons there will be consequences and you will be held accountable. >> shepard: the president stopped short of saying what steps the united states would take should the syrian regime actually cross the red line. it's the top story at the bottom of the
? >> well, shepard, president assad and his supporters have managed to hold on to power despite the internal pressure domestically and international pressure on his regime. there are signs though who point to things being more shaky in sierra than we may have previously thought. in the past 24 hours. the damas tus international airport which had been firmly in control of the government has taken rebel fighter, mortars landed on the run way yesterday. the main road leading to the airport was closed for much of yesterday because of heavy fighting between rebels and government forces. now, we're also hearing that the internet has been shut off for the second day in a row. more than 90% of internet connections across syria are out. now, it appears that the assad government has shut down the internet. in large part because rebels seem to be making advancements towards damascus and other government held areas. it is seen that this is a possible move to try to slow that advancement. shepard. >> shepard: nato getting more and more involved now, right? >> that's right. nato is not getting directly in
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